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Radical Doula Profiles: Louise Powers

This is a series highlighting folks who identify as Radical Doulas. Are you interested in being part of the series? Go here to provide your responses to the profile questions and I’ll include you!

Louise holding small newborn, smilingAbout Louise Powers: I am a Doula & Qi Healer. I have studied many religions and philosophies and I have a deep respect for the value of all faiths and cultures. Through marriage and adoption I have family on 4 continents, living in and coming from many different countries. I completed Birth and Postpartum Doula Training through DONA International and I am training through CAPPA as well this year. I continue to educate myself on the subject, of birth and child care.

What inspired you to become a doula?

I have been learning about birth and infant care since I was 13 and my mother was having my little brother. I became very involved in the process with my mother. We researched everything we could about pregnancy and newborns. I helped her as I have helped many new mothers for over 20 years now. It has become both a passion and a rewarding way to help others.

Why do you identify with the term radical doula?

I identify with the term radical doula because I believe in women making choices for themselves & that each woman deserves nonjudgmental support. Although this should not be a radical idea, every day I hear about more women who are judged for their choices.

What is your doula philosophy and how does it fit into your broader political beliefs?

My philosophy for birth is simple “YOUR birth. YOUR choice.” It aligns with my philosophy about everything else – “YOUR life. YOUR choice.”

I don’t want other people to judge me. Why would I judge you?

What is your favorite thing about being a doula?

Seeing women believe in themselves & connect with their own personal power.

If you could change one thing about birth, what would it be?

I would stop women from passing judgement on each other.

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